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Published on April 13, 2018

New Partnership with CMU College of Medicine Builds Upon Commitment to Education

MidMichigan Health is building upon its strong history of medical education opportunities with a new program later this year. Beginning July 1, 2018, MidMichigan Health will become a regional partner for third- and fourth-year Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine students. The new collaboration will allow 12 CMU medical students from each class to complete their entire third and fourth years of medical school at MidMichigan Health facilities. Students will receive instruction from experienced teaching physicians and advanced practice providers of MidMichigan Health.

“This is an exciting time for us as it as reconfirms our long-standing commitment to medical education,” said Lydia Watson, M.D., vice president, chief medical officer, MidMichigan Health. “This new partnership, along with our existing medical education programs, is an important opportunity to develop and train future physicians. This will increase the likelihood that they will return to our communities to practice. We know that this will enhance access for our patients and support the high-quality medical care that we are known for providing.”

MidMichigan Health first developed its medical education affiliation agreement with the CMU College of Medicine in 2010, during the initial planning of the school. Student presence up until now, has been limited to a relatively small number. MidMichigan Health's elective clerkships currently offer fourth-year CMU medical students an array of clinical rotations at MidMichigan Medical Centers and affiliated clinics in Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Midland and Mt. Pleasant.

“This new partnership is important to the College, MidMichigan Health and to the region,” said Steve Vance, M.D., associate dean, clinical education, CMU College of Medicine. “We are committed to the recruitment of students from Michigan, particularly those from the Great Lakes Bay Region. Over 75 percent of our students are from the state, and a significant portion of those are from Midland, Bay and Saginaw counties. By expanding opportunities for these students to train locally, we are increasing the likelihood that they practice in the region after completing their education.”

John Blamoun, M.D., has been named the clinical assistant dean for the MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland campus of the CMU College of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Blamoun will be responsible for implementation and oversight of the clinical education program for the College of Medicine at MidMichigan Health sites.

“I have been committed to patient care and education at MidMichigan and CMU for the past seven years,” said Dr. Blamoun.  “I am deeply committed to these relationships.”  Dr. Blamoun received his medical degree from Cairo University. He is completing his master’s degree in health care administration and leadership at Saginaw Valley State University.

History of medical education
MidMichigan's commitment to medical education includes a four-year Family Medicine Residency Program in conjunction with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine that is based at the Medical Center in Midland. The Family Medicine Residency Program at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland is one of the first in the U.S, started in 1969, with more than 200 family medicine physicians who have graduated since its inception with approximately 40 percent of them practicing in our communities post-graduation.

In addition, in collaboration with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot has a three-year program approved for training in allopathic medicine. The MSU/MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot Family Medicine Residency Program, is focused on rural, community-based hospital and clinical practice.

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Midland Regional Campus welcomed its first medical students in 2011. Third-and fourth-year medical students currently complete their required and elective clerkships at MidMichigan Health's Medical Centers and many community practices. Currently, the Midland campus has its largest third year class of 14 students. In May 2018, a total of 42 medical students will have graduated.

In addition to partnerships with the MSU College of Human Medicine and CMU College of Medicine, MidMichigan also has collaborations with Delta College, Mid Michigan Community College, Saginaw Valley State University, and CMU’s College of Health Professions.